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boos. with some people shouting "where is the justice?" now in terms of amanda knox while she left the prison, and according to italian lawmakers she could be back home in seattle by tuesday. rob, tanya, back to you. >> what a day in court. and still, as wonderful it is she is coming back home if you believe justice prevaileprevail may not be over, possibility of civil charges. it's not over yet. >> hardly unlikely she would be extradited back to italy for further trial. >> i doubt she will be visiting
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that country again. >> maybe she will stop eating spaghetti. the, now jury selection begins in detroit today in the trial of a man charged with that foiled christmas day underwear bomb plot. umar farouk abdulmutallab was accused of trying to detonate explosives on an amsterdam to detroit flight on christmas day, 2009. the 24-year-old told authorities he trained in yemen and he said he was influenced by anwar al-alwaki, the american born cleric killed in the big u.s. drone strike last week. a bus driver for the portland oregon mass transit system is now on administrative leave after kicking a mother and her crying child off the bus. according to passengers the female driver told the mother to quiet the baby down because she couldn't drive with the child being so upset. one witness also a mother says passengers on board were outraged. >> when she came back to the front the woman got off the bus. i said, you can't kick a woman off with her baby at night in
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the middle of hillsborough. she said if you don't like it get off the bus. >> and every other passenger on the nearly full bus got off as well. they all waited for the next bus. the bus driver hasn't been identified but does have ten years on the job. >> see how years she has on the job. san diego police have now named a person of interest for a series of freeway shootings. they say 24-year-old enrique ion may have been involved in the shooting that left one injured and four vehicles damaged. all along interstate 805 partially closed for hours as investigators look ford clues. frightening moments for a couple in rural pennsylvania when a bear attacked hem inside their own home. the bear was likely a female defending her cubs. dan kerrigan reports from central pennsylvania. >> reporter: happy to be alive after a black bear attacked him and his wife inside their newport home. >> really was nothing going through my mind other than my
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god we have to get the bear out of here. >> reporter: we caught up with the couple when they returned home from the hospital they suffered frightening injuries. a bite under richard's arm almost cost him his life. >> a real deep puncture wound. within an inch. >> the bear was on him right here. our dog was in, in the mix with them. and -- i was just this, this is crazy. i just, reacted. >> reporter: it happened right here in her living room early monday morning. richard thought he was just letting the dog into the house until a black bear rushed in after it and attacked. angela stepped in. >> i saw him being attacked right here on the living room floor. and i, i tried to distract the bear. i don't know that i jumped on him or whatever. but i mean whatever i did was enough to make the bear turn and jump on me. >> reporter: the animal forced her outside on to the patio. >> the bear hit her going out. drug her outside. i went outside to see the bear on top of her. then i drove on to the bear. to get the bear off of her of
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course. that's when the bear staed tear might head open. >> reporter: then the bear stopped, sat outside the house and left. the bear is gone now. the injuries, blood soaked house and trap outside are constant reminders of their scary ordeal. >> not opposed to animals by any means, nobody take offense to this, i really hope they catch him. >> the 10-year-old son stayed upstairs and was safe. >> this is the time of year bears look for food, storing up for hibernation during the winter. so just, that time of year. >> a bear unyour house is not something you want. all right. >> uh-uh. >> moving on now. protests against wall street have spread across the country as demonstrators, marched on federal reserve banks and camped out in parks from los angeles to portland maine, angry over corporate greed. today is the day for apple's latest big announcement its new iphone 5. not expected to look that much
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different than the current iphone. the big differences will be under the proverbial hood. likely to have a powerful chip, make everything easier and faster tucht day's announcement the first major product unveiling that will not be led by steve jobs. 1600 pennsylvania avenue is sporting a special glow for the cause. the north side of the white house has turned pink for one night in honor of breast cancer aware not month. the pink lighting now an annual tradition that began in 2008 under the bush administration. and the nfl, good to see the national attention. >> here is a look now at your tuesday weather, everybody. stormy in the rockies. heavy rain. lightning from idaho to new mexico. rainy along much of the pacific coast. up to 10 degrees cooler in the middle of the country. chilly and showers, from philly to new england. >> 67, baltimore. 77, atlanta. near 90, dallas. 83, kansas city. 82, fargo. 80s, billings, salt like city.
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70 in sacramento. to a story about a very lucky dog who got a new pair of wheels. >> we know you love the stories, rob. scooter is a border collie mix found on a street in fayetteville, north carolina. clearly unable to walk. he was rescued and fit with a doggy wheelchair. pretty amazing. >> the animal control shelter is currently looking for a loving home for the pup and because of his good demeanor he would make a good therapy dog in a nursing home or hospital. >> got some spirit there, for sure. >> very cool. more "world news now" coming up. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement nsurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65,
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♪ i love coffee i love tea ♪ ♪ "world news now" anthem. >> somehow manage to talk about coffee on the show. i don't know about that. for the remander of the year president obama says his number one priority is getting americans back to work. well the ceo of starbuck's isn't waiting for the president. >> he has a plan to help people now and he is asking his customers to help make it happen. here is abc's chris cuomo. >> first we met the rosenbergs in long island, who found their own solution, they took all their savings and got funding through the small business administration to create the frozen yogurt store. then taskrabbit, e-bay for odd jobs that matches underemployed for valuable work in their community. now starbuck's ceo is trying to brung america back. i want to make a difference. starbuck's in partnership with
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opportunity finance network, a nonprofit that funds small businesses around the country. starbuck's coughing up $5 million to start if you donate $5 or more online or at participating stores you get a nifty bracelet and help loan money to small businesses, local florist, baker, grocer creating jobs across the country and filling the void left by banks that won't lend. why aren't the banks getting it done, charging us fees, they're paying each other big bonuses why aren't they spending the money on us? >> because of this crisis of uncertainty. and people in position to make loans are afraid to give loans because those loans are being written down as a result of high risk. >> isn't this sad that starbuck's has to sell bracelets to fund businesses in america? what the hell is going on here this is what is necessary in the wealthiest country in the world? >> there is a lot about america that one could, conclude is sad
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right now. but i don't want to look at it that way. i am an optimistic entrepreneur, i want to create a positive change. >> reporter: the hope is a caffeine-like jolt to the economy. one more way that people step up to bring america back. chris cuomo, abc news, new york. well, every little bit help. could go a long way. they say for every one job will be created for every $21,000 in loans or every $3,000 in donations. >> each $5 donation will allow for $35 in financing for community lending. really nice the. >> not a bad day at all. drink your coffee for a good cause. maybe tanya will be there to serve. >> i've seen that picture before. >> few times. what everyone can learn from a new study on makeup? >> it's not all about beauty. it's how smart you look as well. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ before i put on my makeup ♪ say a little prayer for you >> all right. welcome back, everybody. now for a revealing look at how a woman's makeup impact how she is perceived. >> yeah, makeup. lot of makeup right here. beauty is skin deep. but does, does our trust worthiness or intelligence change when we put on makeup? here is abc's dr. timothy johnson with more. >> reporter: there have been many studies of innate facial structure. and across cultures and continents people agree on what is a pretty face. now a new study find that for all women, wearing makeup significantly changes how they are perceived. researchers from harvard, mass general hospital and the cosmetics company proctor and gamble took 149 men and women and showed them four different
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versions of 25 women's faces. the first photo was without makeup. and each of the three subsequent photos progressively enhanced the woman's face with cosmetics. the participants both men and ween rated the photos for attracti attractiveness, ability, trust worthiness and competence. findings, the more makeup the woman used the more she was judged to be attractive, likable, competent and trust worthy. but the study suggests makeup may have its limits. when the test was repeated with slight modification, the most heavily made up faces were rated less trust worthy than the faces without makeup. i'm dr. timothy johnson. >> less trust worthy when we are in our natural state. seems weird, huh? >> doesn't it seem weird. makeup seems like a lie. false advertising. >> i guess, you never want to wear too much. never want to go too far with makeup. that's the one thing. >> yeah. >> that is a good look.
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>> we tried the look. >> i think you look very trust worthy, rob. i would trust you. >> ha-ha. >> oh, man. don't go too far with the makeup. everybody just chill out. coming up. you'll get an unusele yal, well, i misread that. we'll be right back. 3rd degree noodle trauma. the prognosis is bleak. you may need to soak overnight. nurse...! dawn power clean? it'll never work. [ female announcer ] dawn power clean with micro-scrubbing enzymes can give you the power of an overnight soak in just 5 minutes. [ sponge ] i give you a sparkling clean bill of health. it's a scientific miracle! [ female announcer ] dawn does more. [ sponge ] so it's not a chore.
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oh, all right. time for your morning papers. i love this first story. think abut this. a great year in high school this girl had. how many girls dream of being crowned homecoming queen, probably a lot. and how many guys dream of kicking a winning field goal. right? >> good. >> what if it happened to the same girl on the same day? yes. yes. check it out. brianna almott crowned homecoming queen the first homecoming queen who had to be called out of the locker room to come get her crown. later she kicked the winning field goal for her team, the
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community high school. isn't it exciting. >> the girl does it all. >> sounds like a lot of women are out there playing football. it's great. >> kind of cool. >> exciting if i love that story. >> you go, girl. this is kind of a crazy girl from suburban pittsburgh, a woman, mary bach, consumer activism likes to go to wal-mart and buy sausage. so the price on the shelf said 98 cents. when she went to the cash register they charged her $1. she got her 2 cent refund. it happened a second time. then she decided to sue wal-mart over 2 cents. and she was upset they should be more vigilant how they label their products. get this, she won, so the court gave her $100 in damages plus $80 in court costs over 2 cents over some ratty sausage. mary bach from the pittsburgh area. >> if you have the time to do that, that its great. >> she has a 17 year history of suing over prices. this is what she does. >> do not overcharge this woman. >> the judge agreed. get your 2 pennies, girl.
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>> another story out of new york, the daily news, a neighborhood here in brooklyn, pretty rough neighborhood, east new york, very urban. looked like a little country has come to east new york recently. this one resident has a rooster that wakes up neighbors every morning at 5:00 in the morning. a lot of people were not happy about it at the beginning. it turned out now they like the rooster. 5:00 a.m., every morning i hear the rooster, cocoa, the rooster's name, wakes me up every morning on time. i love it. apparently the resident also has a black lab and a chicken in his front yard. and gives his neighbors free eggs. little country right there in east new york. not all residents love him though. >> thank you, get to that. >> a 65-year-old man says i want to kill that rooster. >> 5:00 a.m. that is a lot. some people i don't get. jason woo, a big up and coming designer. designed michelle obama's inaugural gown. shot him to fame. he is the next guy whose clothing line will be featured
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in target at heavily discounted price. you saw that whole frenzy over missoni. the next guy. clothes should hit stores. >> i missed out on
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this morning on "world news now" -- set free. after a legal battle that lasted four years, amanda knox heads home today to seattle. >> it was an emotional scene as knox was cleared on murder charges in italy after an agonizing wait for a ver divenl dict. it is tuesday, october 4th. and good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm tanya rivero. what a relief it must be for amanda knox who is waking up today outside the confines of an italian prison for the first time in years. she and her family cannot wait to fly home to seattle putting
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an end to their nightmare. what a dramatic ending to this appeal. >> you can just feel the emotion watching her get carried out of court seeing the folks in hometown of seattle reacting to it. you could just feel the relief. >> years of tension falling off her face when she almost collapsed there when she heard the ver divenlgt. >> some folks in italy not happy, boos outside the courtroom. everyone has a strong reacts. nonetheless she is on her way home. >> unclueding the victim's family. >> they deserve justice. a big headline this morning, two eye opening comments from president obama from our exclusive interview with the president, what he told george stephanopoulos about his tough political circumstances right now. and what american families are facing. his comments might surprise you. >> no doubt the economy is the biggest challenge facing the president right now. later this half-hour, it is called a mummy tummy. helping men learn about the challenges of pregnancy. you will see why this is our favorite story of the day. long overdue, the mummy tummy. wish my husband had one of
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those. >> we men don't know the joys of motherhood those nine months, yes. before all of that, an emotional home cupping later today as amanda knox returns home finally to american soil. >> a friend says knox wants to win back her happiness and reconnect with her family. we are joined this morning from perugia, italy where the dramatic legal fight unfolded. good morning. >> reporter: amanda knox left that prison the prison she has been at for the past four years. according to italian law makers she could be home later today. now while two families celebrate tonight, one is not. because meredith kercher's family still doesn't have closure. amanda knox left prison in italy a free woman, shortly after a jury overturned her murder conviction. after more than 10 intense hours of deliberation, the eight-member jury acquitted 24-year-old knox of murder and sexual assault. >> amanda knox and raffaele
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sollecito be immediately released. >> reporter: it had been an agonizing wait. when knox heard the decision she was overcome with emotion. her family expressed jubilation, elated to be taking amanda home. >> we are thankful amanda's nightmare is over. >> reporter: back in seattle, friend and supporters shared that sentiment. before the verdict, knox made an emotional plea to the courtroom proclaiming her innocence, often pausing to calm herself. i lost a friend in the most inexplicable way possible she passed on i am paying with my life for things i didn't do. knox and co-defendant raffaele sollecito, knox's former italian boyfriend, were convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering her 21-year-old british college roommate. meredith kercher was stabbed to death in her bedroom, knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison. sollecito to 25. both always denied any wropg doing. there was an enormous outburst
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of joy but there were also tears. outside the courtroom, however, mixed emotions, mixed sentiments. there were cheers, but there were boos. some people shouting, what a disgrace. rob, tanya, back to you. >> they took her back to prison. actually got a round of applause from some inmates when she went back to prison right after the verdict was read. her nickname behind bars was bambi for whatever reason. they were happy to see her go. >> meredith kercher's family not so happy with the outcome. they're confuse they'd don't understand how there could have been such a difference in the two trials, understandably confused. >> they're not ready to forgive amanda just yet. there are really no winners. >> there was a convicted murderer, a man whose dna was found on the crime scene who is in jail. this is not an unsolved crime. thankfully. >> our coverage of the amanda knox ver duct does not end here. later this half-hour, reaction from friends in her hometown. also get the latest developments on america this morning and also
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on "good morning america." jury selection begins in detroit today in the trial of the so-called underwear bomber. umar farouk abdulmutallab is charged with trying to blow up a plane on christmas day of 2009 with a bomb hidden in his underwear. the crew and passengers pounced on the 24-year-old nigerian when they saw smoke coming from his clothes. umar farouk abdulmutallab has been linked to anwar al-alwaki, the american-born cleric killed in a u.s. drone attack last week. to politics this morning. a new abc news/"washington post" poll finds that tough challenges are ahead for president obama. most of those polled, 55%, in fact, say they expect a republican to win the white house next year. only 37% thought president obama would actually earn a second term. meanwhile, 54% of americans disapprove of the president's performance and that includes 40% who disapprove strongly. >> the president now admits he is a political underdog. abc's george stephanopoulos sat
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down with the president to ask him about his dismal poll numbers in an exclusive interview on yahoo!. >> the majority of americans, 55%, think you will be a one-term president. are you the underdog now? >> absolutely. because, you know, given the economy, there is no doubt that whatever happens on your watch, you have got. >> you embraced that pretty quickly? >> i don't mind. i'm used to being an underdog. i think that -- at the end of the day though, what people are going to say is, who has got a vision for the future that can actually help ordinary families recapture that american dream? >> there are so many people who simply don't think they're better off than they were four years ago. how do you convince them? >> they're not better off than they were four years ago, they're not better off than before lehman's collapse, before the financial crisis and the extraordinary recession we are going through. i think that what we have seen is, that we have been able to
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make steady progress to stabilize the economy. but, the unemployment rate is still way too high. that's why it is so critical for us to make sure we are taking every action we can take to put people back to work. >> for the first time president obama had to answer for solyndra, the solar panel company that failed despite $500 million in loans from the energy department. president obama held it up as a model for green jobs and clean energy. do you regret that? >> no, i don't. if you look at the overall portfolio of loan guarantees provided, overall it's doing well. and what we always understood was that not every single business is going to succeed in clean energy. but if we want to compete with china, which is pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into this space, if we want to compete with other countries that are heavily subsidizing industries of the future we have to make sure our guys here in the united states of america at least have a shot. there are going to be some
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failures. >> you were getting warnings not to back that company up, not to visit? >> hindsight is always 20/20. >> hear the president describe himself as an underdog. made an interesting comment a few weeks ago, my chances of getting re-elected in 2012 are better than my chances of being elected in 2008. an interesting point. >> used to being the underdog. maybe he likes that position. we'll see. >> all plays out. shifting gears -- controversial comments from country singer hank williams jr. may have resulted in a change in last night's monday night football broadcast. espn, our sister network, actually, pulled williams are you ready for some football song, in response to williams using an analogy to adolf hitler when discussing president obama golfing with john boehner. here's what he said. >> come on, come on. it would be like hitler playing golf with netanyahu, not hardly. >> through his publicist,
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williams released this statement last night saying, some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. my analogy was extreme but it was to make a point. i have always respected the office of the president. >> indeed.analysis from hank. >> showers from philadelphia, portland maine. and showers in northern california and the northwest. thunderstorms in the rockies. indian summer, the northern plains and midwest. >> 80s, fargo, kansas city. 64 here in new york. 77 in atlanta. 82 in new or leans. wet 62 in seattle. 74, boise. 81 in salt lake city. >> now we mention the nfl players and coaches wearing pink, for breast cancer awareness month yesterday, in indianapolis they took it one notch higher. >> they went so far as to dye the city's downtown canal pink along with a fountain. both were the biggest events in a whole day of events linked to the effort to fight breast
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cancer. >> it all led up to last night's colts' game against the buccaneers. that was in tampa. by the way, colts lost again. they still have not won a game. >> missing, missing peyton manning those colts' fans. a good cause. >> a pretty fountain. >> little pepto-bismol touch. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ ♪ you go next if you had a hoveround power chair? the statue of liberty? the grand canyon? it's all possible ith a hoveround., tom: hi i'm tom kruse, inventor rand founder of hoveround., when we say you're free to see the world, we mean it. call today and get a free overound information kit, that includes a video and full color brochure. dennis celorie: "it's by far the best chair i've ever owned." terri: "last year, 9 out of 10 people got their
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and back to our top story this morning. the emotional home coming to day of amanda knox, there will be many family and friend waiting to greet her when she gets home. >> that's right. some family and friends gathered in seattle. our seattle station komo was
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there. >> reporter: glued to the tv more than a dozen friends of amanda knox packed this hotel suite in downtown seattle waiting for the verdict. now they can't wait for her to come home. when you have an opportunity to see amanda what is the first thing you are going to do? >> i won't say anything. i will just give her a big hug and kiss. >> reporter: they waited all night and into the wee hours of the morning desperate to get even the teeniest bit of information. >> they're saying we're free. she's coming home. tom wright received a phone call from the knox family as soon as the verdict came down. their plan ties coordinate getting amanda on the first plane back to seattle. >> the family will help pack the suitcase and then they will leave quickly as they can. >> reporter: once the family is here their friend will make sure they can stay in seclusion so they can reunite after four long years. >> so they can have down time as the a family away and alone. >> the defendants have been acquitted.
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>> reporter: her friends hope the prosecutors will not appeal the decision and amanda will not have to return to italy. >> i don't think anybody would let her go become to a trial in italy they could try i don't think they would succeed. >> reporter: for now, they feel justice was final ly served. >> they finally got it right. >> what emotions. >> you can just tell. it is good after four years, she will be able to walk back into the love and friendship. they say some friend and family say our main goal ties keep people away from her. give her some privacy. let her enjoy, readjust to freedom. she has a major adjustnment to o through. >> there will be much more coming up on "good morning america." coming up here, the shows you must see and the ones you must miss. >> our very own bruno del grenado breaks down the tv season. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ on the night shift >> a few weeks into the brand new fall tv season. by now viewers have picked their haves, have notes. >> doesn't take long does it. joining us with the shows getting rave reviews and the ones off the air before you get a chance to check them out, our "world news now" media and music consultant, bruno. >> good to see you. >> what are the new shows doing well this season? >> comedy, comedy, c word, all about comedy. six of the top ten shows, nonsports pro gragramming were comedies. >> female driven comedies?
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>> female driven. tina fey. all these female comedians are bags the basing their story on what f ec ey has built. >> two shows, "pan am" and "revenge" doing well. >> pan am is madmen meets alias and james bond. fantasy of traveling in the 60s. the show took off very nicely, no pun intended last week. second week numbers a little slower. still it held on to its lead. >> same with revenge. >> revenge has done very well. saying this is the dallas of the new millennium. takes place in the hamptons. girl seeks revenge, murder, mayhem. everything. >> i watched it. a fun show. >> good show about flying. people enjoyed flying back then. that is long gone. >> people dressed up to get on the plane. no sweat pants. >> strong women. in the case of revenge.
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emily plays a strong woman. and the stewardesses they're the stars not the pilots. >> right. the working women of their day. what about shows that have disappointed? >> well the two shows that everybody is saying have disappointed are playboy club and charlie's angels. >> how did playboy club disappoint? >> the playboy enterprise, a huge buzz, built around the show. problem was -- there was a couple of, of little controversies around the show. too sexist. and bad, bad word of mouth nowadays does wonders to kill shows. >> did that happen to charlie's angels? >> just didn't live up to the original. farrah faucet, jaclyn, and kate, are icons irreplaceable. the x factor, which is the, the new american idol, certainly did not live up to expectations. simon cowell is not as big of a star as he things he is. >> i hope simon is listening to that. what about tried and true shows
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this season? >> seeing "law & order" and "desperate housewives" drop off. people are starting to get tired of the shows. reality shows are hurting this time. >> reality shows thought they were invincible. >> across the board, "dancing with the stars" is down, and "america's next top model" and "haters" hosted by mario lopez. >> has the the craze crested? >> i think we are starting to see burn out. >> what peep want is ople want . >> the country needs that. in politics, peep waople want t. >> smart, funny ones. >> my favorite. what do you think will be the first show to get the ax? >> thought to say it, playboy club. a matter of two, three more weeks. followed by free agents. >> brutal world out there in tv land. >> no time to build now. unfortunately. no time to build. >> you look at shows, cheers,
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seinfeld, started out slow that if don't have patience like that. >> not any more. if you don't hit out of the gate with huge numbers you are gone. >> that's it, way of the world. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> we'll be back with more right after this. stay with us, everybody.
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♪ and it goes like this i know you kiss you till you're drunk i'll show i've got the moves like jagger ♪ >> the moves like jagger. >> i like that. i like that kind of music in the middle of the night. >> keep going, mick. at this time of the hour, our favorite -- >> best one yet. >> perfect time. >> men don't know the joy that comes along with being pregnant and some mops moms to be reminf
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that. >> now thanks to japanese researchers men can get a taste of the experience with a pregnancy simulator. more on the mommy tummy. >> let's put a bun in your oven. >> i must be crazy. >> reporter: it took mad science to in preg nampregnate arnold schwarzenegger in "junior. "but a simpler solution allows men to experience the joys of womanhood. a pregnancy simulator he calls the mommy tummy. he says his invention was inspired by insensitive japanese men who refused to offer their seats to pregnant women on trains. he decided it was time for men to understand the trials of having a baby. mommy's tummy isn't a pretty sight, but as real as the a fake pregnancy can get. the simulator pumps water into a plastic bag that expands by the
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minute. four dozen balloons inflate and deflate to mimic kicking or movements of a fet of tus, eachd to a sensor, the unborn child reacts to belly rubs and uncomfortable shaking. yes, the breasts get larger too. strap on the mommy tummy and takes you from normal to full turn in just two minutes. it is a lot heavier than it appears this man says. with no prior experience, i went for a pregnancy test drive myself. it wasn't comfortable. of course, the simulator has the luxury of leaving out morning sickness, cravings, swellings and pain. the researcher says the idea is to help men empathize with pregnant women, not discourage the couple from having a baby. of course, still a work in progress. rob, would you strap one of
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those things on? >> i would, to be sensitive. i would do that. oh, look at us. >> look at the twins.
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this morning on "world news now" -- going home. an italian appeals court clears amanda knox overthrowing a murder conviction and ending a four-year-long nightmare. >> today she heads back to her hometown of seattle after a dramatic legal decision watched worldwide. it's tuesday, october 4th. good morning, everyone. i'm tanya rivero. >> i'm rob nelson. the verdict came after amanda knox her family and legal team waited all day for the decision. and now she is finally heading home. what its next for this girl?
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many of you are weighing in on facebook. we want to know what you think she should do now she is finally free. >> i can imagine she just wants to be left alone. >> sleep in her own bed. >> can't imagine. what she must be feeling right now. also this morning, conrad murray a defense attorneys are trying to show the jury how much he cared for michael jackson. but there has been a major blow to their case. abc news has learned new details about the evidence. we'll bring you the latest from the doctor's manslaughter trial in los angeles. >> by all accounts things are not looking good for conrad murray. a lot of damning evidence in that case so far getting worse. later this half-hour, one tough football player and this 8th grader cannot wait to tackle her opponent. that's right, her. her coach says she is just as tough as the rest of her team even if she does paint her fingernails. >> i love it! good for her i love those stories. absolutely. first, amanda knox is heading home to seattle to reclaim a life she left behind four years ago. >> the american college student was freed after an italian jury reconsidered the evidence against her. abc's elizabeth vargas covered
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this legal battle from the very beginning and reports now from perugia, italy. >> reporter: the tension grew with every one of the nine hours of deliberation, then the appeal judge summoned knox from the 13 x 13 cell that has been her home for so long. speaking in italian the judge rejected claims that knox and her former boyfriend were part of a lurid sex murder. a stunning moment, the words amanda knox and her family longed to hear. >> both defendants have been acquitted. >> reporter: when those words sank in, the 24-year-old broke down slumping in her seat, sobbing. she was free. her conviction and 26 year sentence overturned. the courtroom erupted in cheers. her jubilant family embracing and still absorbing the news. their four-year odyssey to clear their daughter in the murder of 21-year-old meredith kercher finally over. outside the courtroom, there was outrage.
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as knox's family made their way out of the courtroom, her younger sister and best friend, deanna, stepped up to the microphone. now a joyful family spokesman. >> we are thankful amanda's nightmare is over. she suffered for four years for a crime that she did not commit. >> today she was scared. she knew that -- that the day was important. but there was between life in jail and complete dismissal. therefore, she was -- very scared. >> reporter: this day of judgment started with knox's emotional plea in court to be freed. her voice shaking so much the judge told her she could sit if necessary. she said, i am paying with my life for something that i didn't do. i didn't kill. i didn't rape. i insist, after four years, after four hopeless years, my innocence. i want to go home. i want to go back to my life. i deserve freedom.
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knox was taken back to the prison where she was greeted with cheers from those inside. she has become quite popular with inmates in that prison. she said her good-byes to the prison chaplain, her close confidant and comfort throughout this ordeal. elizabeth vargas, abc news, perugia, italy. of course, meredith kercher's family, they're not quite ready to forgive amanda knox just yet. they hope the truth comes out soon. >> you hope it does too. they deserve this. despite the fanfare, some one was still murdered in all of this. we should not forget that too. quite a homecoming in seattle later today. amanda is back. >> a happy family. in other news, here at hope, jury selection gets under way in detroit in the trial of the man accused of trying to blow up an american passenger plane in 2009 with an underwear bomb, umar farouk abdulmutallab is insisting on defending himself. a lawyer asigned to his case is expected to question potential jurors. legal experts say it will be tough off to find an impartial
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jury. >> america is so attuned to terrorism now. and you have a very high profile case. can you seat a jury that will be able to fairly decide this defendant's fate? what you will see in the jury selection, is really the first effort by the judge to get control of the case. >> abdulmutallah is a nigerian citizen with ties to anwar al-alwaki, the cleric just killed in an air strike. they have a confession and video of the 24-year-old explaining his suicide mission. new development in the manslaughter of michael jackson's doctor. abc news has now learned that none of the fingerprints on the propofol bottles found in jackson's bedroom actually belong to the singer. still no word on the prints from a syringe. abc's diana alvear has more on the emergency room doctor's testimony about what dr. conrad murray told them. good morning, diana. >> reporter: rob, tanya, good morning. defense attorneys seem to be
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trying to show that dr. murray cared so much about saving jackson's life he pushed e.r. doctors to continue trying to revive him. but the same doctors testified it was clear their efforts were not working. when michael jackson was pronounced dead at his home, it was dr. rochelle cooper who made the call. >> based on the information i had, i felt a pronouncement of death in the field was appropriate. at that time. >> reporter: cooper did tell the court, what she did in jackson's case was unluke any other she handled. >> i have never given a time of death in the field and then had the patient brought, until june 25th. she acknowledged it was dr. conrad murray who wanted to continue resuscitation efforts. defense attorneys repeatedly questioned dr. rochelle cooper about her experience with propofol and why she felt nothing more could be done for jackson? >> at the time mr. jackson was my patient, he was already had been dead for some time. >> reporter: a hospital cardiologist testified murray
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was unable to tell her when he last gave jackson medication and other crucial details. >> i asked him from the time he found the patient was down, what was the time that e.m.s. or the 911 was called. and he couldn't remember that either. he said he did not have any concept of time. he did not have a watch. >> reporter: an at & t employee testified about murray's phone records the morning of june 25th, 2009. edward dixon said records show times, duration of calls and the numbers dialed. >> the records don't identify the person who is using the phone, correct? >> correct. >> reporter: we also heard from a former employee of murray's as well as an ex-girlfriend who confirmed for the court she spoke with murray on the phone the day the singer died. rob, tanya. >> today on the stand they expect to hear from a pharmacist from las vegas who will talk about shipments of propofol that were obviously used, you
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know, led to, helped lead to michael jackson's death. >> rather large shipments. >> he ordered bottles after he said he was trying to wean michael jackson off the drug. should be interesting testimony. >> indeed. >> all right, police in south florida are calling it a freak accident that killed a 2-year-old boy over the weekend. little sean brown died after climbing on a dresser that held a 27-inch television. the boy and the tv both crashed to the floor, and he was trapped under it. sean's older brother tried to move the tv it was simply too heavy. >> the father had come in and lifted the tell vevision off th child. >> the mother took the child into her arms and drove the child to the hospital. and the child later had passed at the hospital. >> it is terrible and almost could happen to anyone, it probably happened in an instant. >> sean's parents and safety advocates say this case should be a reminder to parents to secure heavy or unstable furniture. government stats say accidents like sean's kill a child about once every two weeks. >> such a sad story. a chemical plant near dallas has
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been destroyed by a massive fire which burned for hours. giant plumes of black smoke and bright orange flames which shot into the sky could be seen from 30 miles away. no one was hurt. all residents evacuated have been allowed to go home. the fire was apparently started as workers mixed chemicals. >> a lot of smoke. >> yeah. a look at your tuesday forecast, now, everybody. thunderstorms with heavy rain in the rockies from arizona up to idaho. showers from northern california, to seattle. showers from philly to new england. and unseasonably warm across the upper midwest and northern plains. >> 84, omaha. 70 in the twin cities. 74 in chicago. 60s from boston to baltimore. 80s in miami, new orleans, dallas. phoenix hits 92. sacramento, 70. albuquerque, 71. >> believe it or not getting close to the holidays, huh? >> is that even possible. >> weird, just memorial day, right? >> aye, aye, aye. >> get your shopping lists ready. >> calendar says it is early october. when it comes to planning the holiday season at the white house that is believe it or not,
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not too early for some big decisions. >> major as in picking the white house christmas tree which is what some planners were doing in wisconsin yesterday. >> that's right. they eventually settled on one that they say met the requirements. including being over 18 1/2 feet tall. the tree will be cut down end of next month and delivered the day after thanksgiving. 'tis the season. >> 18 1/2 feet tall. there must be high ceilings at the white house. >> a nice little crib. nice house they got. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ i'm the happiest christmas tree oh-ho-ho, hee-hee-hee ♪ happiest christmas tree oh-ho-ho, hee-hee-hee ♪ we know a place where tossing and turning
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ever since bank of america announced it was going to charge a fee to use debit cards there has been a huge backlash. a awe -- understandably so. >> the bank's website has crashed and congress called the bank out. how can you avoid the fees? here is abc's consumer correspondent. >> reporter: americans now use debit cards more than credit cards. and next year they could even surpass cash. so some banks are looking at your debit card for revenue. >> it's pretty irritating. >> this is hard enough, it's our money. we work hard. >> reporter: bank of america is about to start charging a $5 a month debit card fee. use your card once to buy a $1 bottle of water and you will owe it. a b of a spokesperson says economics of offering a debit card have changed with recent regulations. wells fargo and chase have experimented with similar fees. >> quite literally spending money will cost you more money.
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>> reporter: the work-around use a credit card instead of a debit card as long as you pay it off. but the new fees aren't just on debit card. gotcha number two, no more free checking. two years ago 3/4 of banks offer it. now less than half do. according to bankrate.com. the work-around, nearly all banks will give you free checking if you sign up for additional services such as direct deposit. third gotcha, mandatory minimum balances. several big banks charge between $5 and $15 if your checking balance slips below $1,500. >> banks are trying new manners of fees, really turned into the airline industry trying to nickel and dime you at every turn. >> reporter: the work-around keep all your accounts at a single bank, checking and savings count towards your minimum. number four, ever-higher atm fees. you will pay $3.81 on average for using out of network cash machine. consider an online bank. many of them reimburse you for atm fees. final gotcha, soaring bounced
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check fees now average $31. the work-around, credit unions often charge lower fees because they are nonprofit. many people think there has to be a credit union at the company where you work in order to join. that is just not the case anymore. there is always some credit union you can join and they can be a tremendous resource. in washington, elizabeth leamy, abc news. >> good analogy in the story. who do you think people hate more, banks or airlines? gouging everywhere you go. the website was down, bank of america's site was down for two consecutive business days. the bank said wasn't due to hackers or anything luke that, just due to heavy traffic. >> anger has been so immense, lawmakers are getting involved. senator dick dirbin of illinois told bank of america customers upset about it. you know what, vote with your feet. get the heck out of that bank. >> i think a lot of people are going to do that. people are getting fed up.
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good luck with that one, bank of america. >> indeed. coming up, unexpected development, involving paul mccartney and yoko ono. >> who impressed the judges last night on "dancing with the stars" that and more next in "the skinny."
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny >> all right. now time for "the skinny." start with little "dancing with the stars" recap. from last night. weren't too many dry eyes in the house as the dancers were asked to pick a song that represented the most memorable year of their lives. of course some of them were very tragic. ricki lake talked about her divorce, finding love again. she got the highest scores as, as well as, j.r. martinez. he talked about his near-death injury from time in iraq. he dedicated his dance to the men and women in the military who did not come home. a lot of tears over that one. of course, the lowest scorers were nancy grace and tristan mcmannis did talk about near death experience giving birth to twins. and chaz bono, brought up the
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rear. talked about this being the best year of his life. that's good news. >> ricki lake had a great night. those two did not. see how the people vote. indeed jennifer aniston, doing a great thing, in terms of breast cancer. she was at this breast cancer opening. got really emotional, when she was listening to some of the women share their survival stories. stories. in addition to that she is part of the anthology of five short films exploring breast cancer and the impact on people's lives that will air on lifetime and directed one of the movie's five vignettes. despite the good work and serious issue what is getting attention is the heart-shaped ring she was wearing on her right hand which is fueling speculation she could be engaged to her new boyfriend. so, we'll see. >> that would be huge news. everyone wants to know . >> everyone knows yoko ono known as the woman that broke up the
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beatles. a lot of bad blood there. paul mccartney and yoko ono are giving peace a chance. they met up after a documentary for the late beatle, george harrison. they posed for photos together on the red carpet. we are so happy to see that. i am a beatles fan. >> only took 40 years. they found each other again. good for them. bury the hatchet. >> i don't know if you heard of the show "hung" on showtime, a real life male prostitute, he has given an interview, to the l.a. times, 42-year-old actor, admits he did a little bit of prostituting in real life. >> say it isn't so. >> listen to this quote -- hey, you grow up as an artist in a big city as james dean said, you are going to have one arm tied behind your back. if you don't accept people's sexual favors. when i was a kid in l.a., i was homeless, didn't have money, living in my car, i was 18. i wasn't adverse, going down to santa monica, and letting a guy buy me a sandwich, you know what i mean? >> what does he mean? we need some more details on that one.
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>> i weep for the millionaires i weep for them. >> it's tough being rich these days. finally, a few weeks ago we told you about a female quarterback from kentucky starting for her middle school team. well girls on the gridiron seem to be a growing trend. >> this time a girl from san antonio going head-to-head with the guys. charles gonzalez of our san antonio station has the story. >> reporter: she begged her dad for years to play football. he finally gave in. >> she plays basketball. she plays everything. but she loves the contact, and she loves the team aspect. >> reporter: she can sum it up in just a few words. >> it's really cool and awesome and fun. >> day one we started tackling she wasn't afraid to tackle. she didn't know how to tackle, but she wasn't afraid to hit somebody. >> reporter: she gets to play alongside her brother dylan. who learned that on the field they better treat her like one of the guys. >> i think it is fun because in practice i get to hit her and stuff. >> she is very coachable. that's a big thing. i get in her face. chew her out. yes, sir, she goes out and does
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it. >> reporter: yes, she is still an 8 tth grade girl who likes to do girl things like paint her nails before punishing opponents. >> before the game. look, coach. i painted my fingernails. they're bright pink. >> reporter: the first team she cussed at her. and some still laugh. but with a 4-0 record it is usually her that laughs last. >> i didn't think that she would really play. but she ended up playing. and starting. >> it's pretty quick the guys realize, hey, i better fire off and hit her like any football player or she is going to knock me over. >> whoa, go, girl. >> i like this trend of girls out on the football field. >> this one you will really like then -- a michigan high school girl got crowned homecoming queen at halftime and then kicks what turned out to be the game winning field goal third quarter for her school's football team. how do you like that? >> yeah. she does it all. >> some of us girls can do it on the gridiron. >> "saturday night live," spirit fingers. whatever that was. >> we'll be right back after this.
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>> that's the news for this half-hour. >> don't go far!
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